The Ministry handed over 20 dry sanitary toilets to the city of Windhoek’s informal settlements donated through the Environmental Investment Fund.
The toilets are donated under the Basic Needs project an initiative by Innovate PTY with the vision to provide a sustainable, affordable and homegrown sanitation solution.
The basic needs project initiative seeks to provide decent sanitation to all Namibians and it represents an important partnership between the private sector, public and the people of Namibia.
Teofilus Nghitila, Executive Director in the Ministry handed over the toilets on behalf of the Minister, Pohamba Shifeta.
In a statement read on his behalf, Shifeta stressed that access to decent sanitation is a challenge caused mainly by the ongoing expansion of informal settlements. He adds that the Ministry is happy to support the project that will enhance and restore the dignity of urban area inhabitants.
Teofilus Nghitila noted that Namibia needs to promote itself as a country that maintains a high standard of sanitation if it has to attract tourist in the country. He says “we need to avoid a situation where the tourists question the safety of our tape water”.
Speaking on behalf of the CEO, Lot Ndamanomhata said, the Environmental Investment Fund is proud and committed to being a sustainable partner towards ending open defecation. He stresses that open defecation can be detrimental to public health, further spreading diseases such as hepatitis E.
Accepting the toilets, Ananias Niizimba, Councilor in the City of Windhoek says, delivering basic services to the increasing urban population calls for a collective effort. Niizimba says, the handover came at the right time when sanitation should be one of the response measures to the ongoing battle against Covid 19.